What is Dazzle?

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From Wikipedia:

Dazzle camouflage, also known as Razzle Dazzle or Dazzle painting, was a camouflage paint scheme used on ships, extensively during World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II. Credited to artist Norman Wilkinson, it consisted of a complex pattern of geometric shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.”

The RMS Mauretania also served as a troopship with dazzle paint

HMS Argus displaying a coat of dazzle camouflage in 1918

Painting of Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, by Edward Wadsworth, 1919

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Razzle Dazzle enthusiast have a blog here. Prints of the original plans are being sold here. Definitely something to keep in mind the next time you’re sprucing up the home office or your son’s room.

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